As a child, you likely received many immunizations starting at 2 months of age. Keeping your immunizations up-to-date is an important step in staying healthy throughout your lifetime. Staying up-to-date with your immunizations is also required to be in school in Ontario.
Since the beginning of the 2014/15 school year, children and adolescents have been required to show proof of immunization against pertussis, meningococcal disease and varicella to attend school. (NOTE: varicella immunization is only a requirement for children born in 2010 or later). This is in addition to the existing requirements for proof of immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella.
Vaccines that are required for school are to ensure compliance with the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA).
Every school year the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program provides immunization clinics at schools in our district. Grade 7 boys and girls are eligible for vaccines against Hepatitis B and Meningitis.
Ontario is expanding its publicly funded immunization program to help protect youth from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection and related cancers. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, Ontario will offer the cancer-fighting HPV vaccine to all boys and girls in Grade 7 as part of its routine school-based HPV immunization program.
High school students require their 10 year tetanus booster as well as any additional vaccines that were missed throughout their childhood.
Students who are not up-to-date ( ENG ι FR ) with their immunizations may be affected by our suspension process and will be required to receive the mandatory vaccines, or provide a conscience/religious affidavit (ENG ι FR) or a medical exemption (ENG ι FR) to the Health Unit. If the parent wishes to complete an affidavit for specific vaccines then an affidavit declaration (ENG ι FR) needs to be submitted with the completed affidavit. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, understand the risks and responsibilities here. Avoid the suspension process by providing an up-to-date immunization record to the Health Unit.